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Social Change Efforts in Reading Community Leads to National Recognition

by Alvernia University

Apr 01, 2019
Alvernia University

Alvernia University student earns Newman Civic Fellowship

Reading, Pa. – For her collaborative social change efforts in the City of Reading community, Alvernia University student Victoria Cerulli (Massapequa, N.Y.) has earned national recognition by being named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact.

Cerulli served as the long-time president of the Circle K Club where she oversaw the growth of membership and impactful community event offerings by the campus organization, which associates with Kiwanis International, a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children. In addition, she is recognized among the most committed participants in Alvernia’s elementary outreach program with the Reading School District through the South Reading Youth Initiative, which aims to promote continued education, mentoring and support for healthy choices in children who live or go to school in the South Reading area.

“Victoria has demonstrated substantial leadership abilities during her time at Alvernia, managing a wide variety of community engagement activities with other students,” said Alvernia University President Thomas F. Flynn. “She is an inspiring young woman with exceptional ability in community engagement and a notable ability to seek long-term solutions for civic issues.”

Cerulli, a junior elementary education major, is the eighth Alvernia student to be named a Newman Civic Fellow since 2012. The fellowship embodies the mission of the Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement, which was established by Flynn in 2006.

“I feel lucky with the position that I am in and that I am able to be involved first hand in the shaping of a small portion of the youth in Reading,” said Cerulli. “Overall, I am extremely thankful for my experiences that this program has given me so far, and the privilege of helping students who need it.”

Nominated by university presidents, Newman Civic Fellowships are a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities and access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

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